Law students at the University of Suffolk are now able to hold a mock court, thanks to donations from Gotelee Solicitors and the University’s Foundation Board.
The Ipswich-based law firm, who are known for the community engagement, have provided students with barrister gowns and two lecterns to reflect a courtroom setting.
Hugh Rowland, Partner at Gotelee Solicitors, said, “Developing advocacy skills is desirable for all law students and essential for those who want to qualify as barrister and solicitor advocates. If the props help in some small way to inject a little bit of realism and gravity into the mock trial process then the students will undoubtedly benefit from that. We are delighted to have been able to help in this way.”
Gotelee Solicitors already support the University in a number of ways, for example through a mentoring scheme. Their Chief Executive, Charles Rowett, has recently joined the University’s Foundation Board.
The Board was established to help develop and grow the University’s philanthropic activity. Financial contributions are granted to students, staff and facilities to make transformational changes.
At the time of his appointment, Charles said, “The University of Suffolk is an exciting and inspirational organisation of enormous strategic importance to the county. I am delighted to become a member of the Foundation Board which plays a key role in supporting greater access to high quality education, especially for local people and funds a wide range of projects aimed at improving the student experience.”
Stephen Colman, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University, added, “We are very grateful to Gotelee and the Foundation Board for their generous donation. The gowns and lecterns not only help the students look the part but are also very important in terms of creating the right environment. Our students regularly sit in court and many are looking forward to careers in legal practice so it is important they feel comfortable in a courtroom setting which we can now create, in part, here at the University.”
The first students from the Law degree programme at the University of Suffolk will graduate this autumn. The University offers Law as a single degree or combined with Politics, Sociology, Criminology or Business Management. To find out more about Law at the University, visit www.uos.ac.uk/law
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